So I have been up to quite a bit lately but one of my favorite things has been my SPUK (Sports in the UK) class. We have done so many cool out of class things. We started off by doing a tour of Twickenham, the rugby stadium on the outskirts of London, that is home to the English Rugby Team. The tour was really cool, we got to go into all of the boxes and see where the queen sits and where the board members congregate. We also went into the locker room area, which was surprisingly sparse. I thought that is was going to be more decadent like an NBA or NFL locker room.
The next thing we did was a football weekend! We went to a Charlton Athletic match, they are a league 1 team. We had amazing front row seats, you could almost touch the players. Even though it was a lower level team the game was still really exciting. It was my first European Football match experience and I really enjoyed it. The spirit of the fans at the games are awesome. All of the anthems and chants they have really make the games was they are. Sometimes I wish Americans could get more into 'soccer.' We continued our football weekend with a QPR (Queens Park Rangers) match. This was the first of two times I have gone to a QPR match.
The first time we went we were sitting behind the goal, which kind of ruined the game only because we didn't have a clear view of the game. But the second game we were in clear view which made the game more enjoyable. QPR played terribly in the second game. Nottingham Forest, the opposing team was down one man the whole game because of a red card, and they still managed to end the game in a draw. Even the QPR loyal that were at the match were put out by the ranger's performance.
Looking a little bit into the future, Bill, my SPUK professor is looking into getting us tickets to a premiership match, which hopefully will happen. We also are going to be seeing the historical annual boat race between Oxford and Cambridge which takes place on the Thames. Well thats all for now on the subject of sports, but I will make sure to keep you updated!!!